You know how great inventions seem so simple once someone has invented it? Here is a perfect example: Most modern homes, or renovated older ones, end up with recessed can lighting all over the place. It's cheap, it does the job and it's inoffensive. But it also has no style and looks like you cheaped out on the decor, or couldn't make a decision. On top of that, while it's inexpensive to install, taking them out has always required an electrician, a plaster guy, and then repainting.
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Now, if you've been following along, you'll know about saving money on your electric bill by replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs and the new LED bulbs just hitting shelves. Today, I'm going to tell you how swapping your old lights for LED Christmas lights can save you money three ways.
I know it's early yet to be thinking about holiday decorations, but the whole inspiration for this blog today is a program that Home Depot is only running for a limited time. From now until 11/14, you can trade-in old-style Christmas lights and get $3 off a string of new, energy efficient, LED lights.
Update 11/18 - See the bottom of the page for Sears and Kmart light recycling deals.
Giving up disposable products, plastic shopping bags and other
"conveniences" of modern-day life can be challenging, because we
think they make our lives easier. The New Year is a great time to
challenge those perceptions.
Here are a handful of quick, eco-friendly resolutions that might
even make your life a little easier.
Buy in bulk
You'll pay less per pound of food, and make fewer trips to the
store, when you buy in bulk. These airtight glass canisters make storing your
extra non-perishables easy; you might need freezer bags, or even a
vacuum sealer, for perishable items.
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Hurricane Irene struck a few days ago and some people in the Northeast are still without power and other basic services. This got me thinking about some basic emergency preparedness and how sometime the old solutions are still the best. You may get all your news on your iPhone via The HuffPo, or eat only microwave organic food normally--but most likely that's not gonna cut it after an earthquake, hurricane or other natural disaster.
Here are ten items you are going to want stashed away somewhere in case of emergency.
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By Fought70 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
When we moved into our little house 2 1/2 years ago, I thought it was my dream house. We worked hard before we moved. We avoided paying rent by living in a camper for 9 months (even through part of a South Dakota winter!) in order to save up money and pay off bills so we would qualify for a mortgage.
We found the little house nestled on 10 acres of prairie land and declared it perfect, blindly ignoring that fact that it was a foreclosure and may have unforeseen problems. We got a great deal and we were in good shape to buy the house. We moved in in the middle of winter and looked forward to the spring and getting our home all set up.
The inside of the house was a mess. The doors and light fixtures were about 40 years old, maybe older. The paint was an extremely high gloss that we discovered was not at all easy to cover up, even with four coats of very good paint. The bathrooms were small and had cheap fixtures and the outlet sockets were so old that you could plug something in, only to watch it fall right back out.
I think we're all guilty of wasting a bit of energy nowadays. Maybe we leave our cell phone chargers plugged in, our laptops on, our light bulbs unchanged from our old energy-suckers, our fridge doors just slightly ajar. You know it is--sometimes you just forget.
But what if something were always there to remind you about your energy waste? What if that something was a cute little milk carton-shaped, animal-like gadget that happily greeted you every time you opened your fridge and berated you every time you left it open too long? Enter the Fridgezoo Animals!
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